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The Wonders of the Plant Kingdom – Ayurvedic Herbs

Ayurvedic herbs with several medicinal properties that range from immunity boosting to relieving stress, are a powerful way of embracing the holistic healing powers of ayurveda.

Edited By : Health Desk | Updated: Apr 6, 2024 13:04 IST
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Ayurvedic herbs and their medicinal properties
Common Ayurvedic herbs

Ayurvedic herbs have stood the test of time and seamlessly proved their importance and benefits that are tangled in the lives of humans. Delve deep into the secret benefits of these herbs.

Common Ayurvedic Herbs and Their Medicinal Properties

Ayurveda is mostly all about their special herbs and spices that are used for the overall well-being of humans since ancient times. Their presence is being felt not only in India but globally as well because of the threat that chemically processed products are posing. Here are some common ayurvedic herbs that one may easily find access to.

Also read – 5 Popular Ayurvedic Herbs for Health, Immunity


Shatavari, with its numerous and excellent medicinal benefits is also referred to as the ‘queen of herbs’ according to ayurveda. It has antioxidant properties. The benefits of the herb include:

  • Excellent for the boosted activity of the female reproductive system
  • Boosts immunity
  • Reduces respiratory symptoms
  • Cuts down on inflammations
  • Relieves acidity
  • Cures aesophagus, intestinal and stomach ulcers
  • Keep ageing at bay
  • Keeps the blood sugar levels in control


Amla, known as the Indian gooseberry is a very commonly known ayurvedic herb that helps in maintaining good health. Its primary function is to boost immunity and has plenty of antioxidants. The benefits are:

  • Boosts body immunity
  • Excellent for skin, hair, eyes and nails
  • Makes the heart muscles strong
  • Relieves acidity
  • Excellent for diabetic patients


We have already read about the queen of herbs, now we will read about haritaki, the ‘king of herbs’ in the ayurvedic system. It strengthens awareness, energy and intelligence and has benefits like:

  • Maintains the vital body functions like digestion, absorption of nutrients and their elimination
  • Checks lung infections
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Excellent for eyes


It is a perennial climbing plant with several ayurvedic health benefits of which the most important is the immunity boosting system. Take a look at the list of benefits that the herb gives;

  • Purifies the blood
  • With its naturally detox properties, it cleanses the body ridding it of toxins and wastes
  • Cleanses the liver, clears away acne and keep the kidneys healthy
  • Reduces excess pitta and acts as an active lymph mover. This reduces the congested kapha


This is a very common herb that is synonymous with every Indian household and is easily available everywhere. Tulsi can be consumed as a herbal tea or simply chewed. That apart, it is used in many ayurvedic formulas and can also be taken as it is. Its common benefits include:

  • Cures common cold, flu and all respiratory infections
  • Cures various seasonal allergies and asthma
  • Relieves stress and anxiety


It is one very common herb that is found in every Indian household. It has become an integral part of the Indian cuisine without which no dish is complete nor does it look good. However, it is immensely effective and is one of the best known herbs that are synonymous with ayurveda. It can be consumed in any way as in food, in the form of a capsule or by applying the paste externally on the face. It can also be consumed with a glass of milk where a pinch of it is thrown in and boiled to be taken before bed. Its benefits are:

  • Purifies all the channels of the body and blood
  • Brightens the skin complexion by providing circulation and nutrition 
  • It is anti-inflammatory and is good for acne-prone skin
  • Has blood and liver-cleansing properties and thus balances all the doshas, especially the pitta


Moringa, today is considered one of the super foods or herbs globally. According to ayurveda, it is the ‘tree of life’ and is a complete food. Its benefits will read like this:

  • It is a nutritional powerhouse
  • It has plenty of vitamins and minerals boosting body functions
  • It is anti-inflammatory and has antioxidants
  • Protects the tissues
  • Treats various diseases like heart, liver, skin, respiratory & digestive disorders, diabetes, arthritis and anaemia


Herbs are central to ayurveda. They are an integral part without which ayurveda is not complete. It is a matter of pride that ayurveda along with its various precious herbs have come to light today in the wake of a life that is distraught and full of turmoils. They will benefit everyone that is part of that tradition.

First published on: Apr 06, 2024 12:16 PM IST

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